September 2 -11, 2016 | Chapel Off Chapel

Pursued By Bear’s First Date is painfully accurate and intricately human.
— Theatre People

When online-dating newbie Aaron is set up with serial-dater Casey, a casual drink at a busy Fitzroy restaurant turns into a hilarious high-stakes dinner. As the date unfolds in real time, the couple quickly finds that they are not alone on this unpredictable evening.

In a delightful and unexpected twist, Casey and Aaron’s inner critics take on a life of their own when other restaurant patrons transform into supportive best friends, manipulative exes and protective parents, who sing and dance them through ice-breakers, appetizers and potential conversational land mines.

Can this couple turn what could be a dating disaster into something special before the bill arrives? If you’ve ever known the awkwardness of a first date (and let’s face it, who hasn’t?), or you’re the type of person who loves to laugh (and maybe cry) at The Bachelor or The Farmer Wants a Wife, then this is the show for you.

Photo Credit: Elissa Simone
As someone who has seen the Broadway original, this definitely stacks up and does Melbourne proud.
— Theatre Press

Director: Mark Taylor
Musical Dir: Stephanie Lewendon-Lowe
Choreographer: Joel Anderson

Casey: Rebecca Hetherington
Aaron: Jordon Mahar
Man 1: Daniel Cosgove
Woman 1: Nicole Melloy
Man 2: Adam Porter
Woman 2: Danielle O'Malley
Man 3: Stephen Valeri

Production Photos: Fon Photography
Headshot Photos: Lissa + Laz

Lighting Design: Bryn Cullen
Associate Lighting Design: Rob Sowinski
Stage Manager: Natalie Breakwell

LX Operation: Marisa Cafasso
Pre-show Music: Benjamin Hiscock

Keys: Stephanie Lewendon-Lowe
Woodwind: Tim Forrester
Bass: Anthony Chircop
Kit / Percussion: Campbell Phillips
Guitars: Caleb Garfinkel